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Outdoor Adventures

It’s time to try something new…

There’s so much to do, see, and explore with the GSCTX Outdoors Program.

Within the heart of every Girl Scout is the desire to discover and explore her world. We live in a world of screens and sometimes you just want to get away from it all. We get it. That’s why we encourage girls to feel the wind in their hair, discover the unknown, and take the plunge into their next adventure. 

    

View the Outdoor Progression chart for tips & ideas to challenge yourself in the Outdoors!

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MORE OUTDOORS OPPORTUNITIES

While you're earning your Outdoor Adventures Progression Patch, we have even more outdoor exploration waiting just outside your door!

Intrepid Journey Program
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INTREPID JOURNEY

Pack your bags for a grand outdoor journey! The Intrepid Journey program was started here at Girl Scouts of Central Texas in 2014, and is designed just for Cadettes, Seniors, and Ambassadors.

Undertake your own intrepid journey: plan an expedition to a place you choose, research the environmental issues there, learn how to live responsibly in the wild, create your own notebook of what you find there. As you go through the steps of this journey, you'll become a real expert on your location. Show your true outdoor spirit by earning all three levels of the Journey: Terra, Alea, and Indagatrix.

Sleep outside under the stars, climb the tallest mountain, and explore your world with Girl Scouts on this one-of-a-kind Journey created by and for Girl Scouts looking for adventure of all kinds.

Outdoor Series
OUTDOOR SERIES
Backcountry Camps Ignite your inner wild by taking a step into the backcountry with only what you have on your back. Maybe you’ll see a bear, a shooting star, or a 50-foot waterfall. Whitewater raft, rock climb, and experience the outdoors like you never have before at this one-of-a-kind summer camp.
Explore Texas Within its five ecosystems, Texas has so much beauty and nature exploration to offer. Let’s go explore the mountains in west Texas, the beach, the plains, and even the forests! For shorter trips, the Explore Texas series allows girls to see new parts of the great state they call home.

Parents, enjoy your extra free time! Girl Scouts is known for developing courage, confidence, and character in girls – and to better serve our girls we provide all of the trained and qualified volunteers on our treks. These independent experiences allow girls to try new things, meet new people, and have a valuable leadership experience. Parents are allowed to go on treks as volunteers but are not allowed to attend with their child. Please email outdoors@gsctx.org if you have any questions about the volunteers leading each trek.

High Adventure Team
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HIGH ADVENTURE TEAM

High Adventure Team (HAT) is a troop designed for Girl Scouts who want to get outside. Want to join a HAT troop? Look below for a list of outdoor-focused troops to find one near you! Want to start your own HAT troop? Email outdoors@gsctx.org for more information.

Are you a leader of an outdoor-focused interest group? Fill out this form to get your name on the list. Please allow 3-4 weeks for processing.

Current Active HAT Troops
Name Contact information Location Accepting new members
Midtown Adrenaline Junkies Steph Driggers
(512) 914-9280
steph.driggers@gmail.com
Midtown Service Unit, North Central Austin Yes
Central Bell Service Unit HAT Diana Wilbert
(254) 541-1755
Gijanemp@aol.com
Central Bell Service Unit, Temple and Belton Area Yes
Troop 1067 Karen Miller
(512) 454-1687
bumpercropper@hotmail.com
Midtown Service Unit, North Central Austin Yes
Troop 1510 Juliee Beyt
outdoors@gsctx.org
Midtown Service Unit, North Central Austin No
InTents Elizabeth Poprik
(979) 690-3942
epoprik@gmail.com
Bryan/College Station Yes

 

Other Outdoor Events
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DISCOVER YOUR OUTDOOR PASSIONS

Girl Scouts Outdoor Adventures works hard to bring opportunities to girls all over the Council with one-of-a-kind programs specifically for Girl Scouts. Check out the following for a few programs offered year-round. There are many other programs not listed here that you can find on the GSCTX Events Calendar to register for through Ebiz.

Name Level Description
High Adventure Outdoor Trips CSA Get lost in the Indian Peaks Wilderness, whitewater raft the Poudre, backpack thru the Shenandoah mountains, camp in the Red Wood Forest, see the West Coast, or enjoy taking a stroll through the mountain town of Estes Park. Pick which trip interests you!
Adopt a Creek – St Edwards Park All Ages Help keep Zilker Cabin in the family. Come out and help clean up the creek and learn a little bit about the St. Edwards Aquifer.
Rock Climbing JCSA Spend time with experienced, local guides that know how to make sure you gain the most from a rock climbing experience.
Scuba Dive JCSA Discover Scuba diving! You will start what can easily become a lifelong activity to share with your family and friends.  Your PADI (Professional Association of Diving Instructors) professionals will guide you through sessions on scuba diving safety then into the pool to scuba dive, play underwater games and experience the fun and excitement diving. Carry on this knowledge to Scuba trips!
Cast Iron Cook-off CSA Your troop has been known to cook a mean cobbler in a dutch oven, and you’ve found yourself cooking for your service unit campouts. Come show off your mad skills at the Cook Off and show other Girl Scouts how it’s done! Area-specific competitions will appoint the first-place winner to represent them in the Council-Wide Cast Iron Cook Off Competition.
Mariners
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Do you love the wind and the water? Are you ready for adventure? Mariners is for you!

Gear Rental
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Gear is available for rent at the Kodosky Service Center in Austin. Check out a backpack, camp stoves, archery equipment, and more!

Outdoor Adventures Progression Patch
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OUTDOOR ADVENTURES PROGRESSION PATCH

Want to embrace the outdoors with your troop but not sure where to start? The Outdoor Progression Patch (shown above) will walk you through the steps to leading your troop to outdoor success. Join the single match club, learn survival skills, go from “glamper” to backpacker – seven levels will keep you and your troop busy learning and becoming Masters of the Outdoors.
Interested in earning this patch? Download the full curriculum here.  

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OUTDOOR SKILL-BUILDING VIDEOS

Are you new to hiking and camping? Maybe a little nervous about taking girls on an outdoor journey for the first time? Don't worry! These videos from GSUSA will help you prepare for a fun, safe adventure with your girls. (And be sure to read our Safety Checkpoints for specific safety guidelines on everything from archery to whitewater rafting.)

Step by Step: Developing Outdoor Skills in Girls
Taking the Journeys Outside
Planning Your Troop's First Campout
Introduction to Campsite Set-up
Introduction to Cooking Outdoors
How to Leave No Trace Outdoors
Outdoor Songs and Games
Introduction to Fire Building
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